Thursday, September 8, 2011

Russian Pilot Gets Twenty Years in US Jail

Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian citizen, has been found guilty of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the US earlier this year and has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars. Yaroshenko, a pilot, was arrested in Liberia in 2010 and transported to America. The case itself sets a major precedent as it is the first time that a Russian citizen has been sentenced to a prison term in the US for intent to participate in a crime in a third country in a case that was built by US special agents; the agents posed as drug dealers and Yaroshenko allegedly agreed to transport a shipment of cocaine from Venezuela to Liberia. Moscow has condemned the sentence as excessively severe. Speaking in New York, Russian Vice Consul Alexander Otchaynov said that Russia had not expected the verdict to be as tough. Yaroshenko’s lawyers intend to push for his return to Russia. (video)

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